Agreement between Boise Public Library and Mexican Consulate will build library's Mexican collection

March 5, 2014 

A "memorandum of understanding" between the Mexican Consulate in Boise and Boise Public Library will benefit readers and Mexican nationals.

The partnership will make it easier for Mexican nationals to get library cards and will provide Boise readers with more library resources relating to Mexico.

Boise’s Mexican Consul, Guillermo Ordorica, Mayor David Bieter and Boise Public Library Director Kevin Booe will speak at a short ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at the Main Library.

During the ceremony, Ordorica will give the library a variety of books and materials that have been kept at the Mexican Consulate in Boise. The collection, most of it in Spanish, covers a wide variety of subjects.

The ceremony will also highlight a recent agreement between the Mexican Consulate and the library to accept the Consulate-issued cards as photo ID for Mexican nationals who want a library card. Booe recently visited the Consulate and found that the documents comply with library card registration policy guidelines. The Library requires an official photo ID and proof of Boise City residence in order to issue a borrowing card.

The Mexican Consulate, which opened in Boise in 2009 at 701 E. Morrison Knudsen Plaza Drive, serves as a governmental representative of Mexico, promoting Mexican culture and pursuing new business relationships and trade opportunities in Idaho and the surrounding area.

Besides providing identification cards for Mexican individuals who can prove their citizenship, staff also help Mexican nationals with various challenges, such as navigating the immigration process and legal system, obtaining birth certificates, and providing health education.

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